21 June 2012
A team of volunteers is completing the task of transcribing handwritten lists and transcriptions of wills of Kent residents and l
A team of volunteers is completing the task of transcribing handwritten lists and transcriptions of wills of Kent residents and landowners who lived in medieval and Tudor times for the Kent Archaeological Society’s website, from which they can be downloaded free of charge.
The records were written by antiquarian and historian Leland Lewis Duncan in 61 exercise books and bound quarto books, most of which survive. Their 2,188 entries were originally indexed by parish by the Vicar of East Peckham in 1934.
The records are now on a database which has two indexes. One enables the surnames of testators to be found and is convenient for family historians. The other, for the benefit of local historians, lists the areas, parishes or dioceses in which the testators lived or owned land.
The areas include boroughs which were once part of Kent but are now within Greater London.
To access the wills visit the Research section at www.kentarchaeology.org.uk.